PPG Aerospace Awarded Cockpit Window Contract for Eclipse 550 Jet

  PPG Aerospace Awarded Cockpit Window Contract for Eclipse 550 Jet


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SYLMAR, Calif. -- October 30, 2012

PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has been awarded a contract by
Eclipse Aerospace to manufacture cockpit windows for the new Eclipse 550 very
light jet. Terms also include supplying improved-design windshield spares and
side cockpit window spares to Eclipse for the existing Eclipse 500 fleet.

The PPG windshields for both aircraft will be glass-faced acrylic to afford
the chemical, abrasion and crazing resistance of glass with the lightweight
benefits of acrylic. The windshields will also be heated, meet requirements to
resist strike by a 2-pound bird at 200 knots and have an anti-static coating.
The side cockpit windows will be acrylic.  PPG will design and produce the
windshields and side cockpit windows at its Sylmar, Calif., transparencies
facility, with the windshield heating system to be designed and manufactured
at its Huntsville, Ala., location.

PPG met Eclipse’s requirement for lightweight transparencies while improving
design of the windshields, according to Arthur Scott, PPG global director for
general-aviation aerospace transparencies.

“PPG’s glass-faced acrylic windshields will be more durable, have improved
aesthetics and optics, and be coated to drain precipitative static charges.
These new transparencies capitalize on PPG’s core design and manufacturing
expertise,” Scott said.

PPG will begin cockpit window deliveries to Eclipse in mid-2013 to coincide
with the first Eclipse 550 delivery positions.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG
Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of
aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the
leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and
packaging and application systems.


PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and
specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability
and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer
products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces
in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global
headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the
world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. For more information, visit

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PPG Aerospace
Audrey Fujimoto, +1-818-741-1685
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